Hotels in Taupo, New Zealand
While many of the most popular New Zealand locations lay along the coastline, Taupo is one of the most visited areas in the central part of the north island. Taupo, New Zealand is located in the central north island on Lake Taupo, the largest lake in Australasia. Lake Taupo is in fact a volcano, which last erupted in 181AD. Our hotels in Taupo are located a short drive to the Taupo town centre. The area might be landlocked but that does not mean that there is any lack of activities and water fun. Taupo accommodation ranges from hotels to Taupo apartment accommodation, spas and resorts. For self-drive travellers Taupo motel accommodation is very popular. Accommodation in Taupo, New Zealand is pretty easy to come by but, if you are specifically hunting for cheap Taupo accommodation, an online booking ahead of time is always a safe bet.
Attractions in Taupo
When trying to list all the activities available in Taupo, the task is pretty daunting! There’s so much to do in this town that you could never get bored. For speedsters or car / motor enthusiasts, what better way to enjoy yourself than with a fun 4WD adventure or rally experience? For those who prefer 1 horse power, saddle up and head on out for a scenic trail ride while you take in all that fresh air.
If heights is what you’re after, you sure have an abundance of choices. Aerial activities in the Taupo area include climbing, abseiling, gliding and paragliding. There’s nothing like a little distance between you and the earth to give you an unforgettable view and life experience.
Water babies, you have not been forgotten! With Lake Taupo, the Huka Falls and the Waikato River in your midst, there is no shortage of water fun. Take the plunge and set out on a wild rapids adventure second to none!
Rest and Relaxation
All this activity might leave you feeling a little worn out and in need of some serious relaxation time. Or, perhaps, you have let the kids have their fun while you enjoy something a little more calming. Taupo hotels and spas will often have their very own treatment centres and facilities. After spending the night in your accommodation in Taupo, New Zealand, then it’s easy to explore some of the soothing activities that Taupo has in store for you.
A trip to one of the area’s museums is always a laidback experience as well as an opportunity to learn something new. Alternatively, the various wineries are also quite inviting and will allow you a more tangible taste of Taupo’s cultural flavours.
Guided walks and hikes will require some energy but the feeling of that fresh air filling your lungs and the stunning natural scenery is well worth the effort. If you feel like your muscles may suffer some stiffness the following day, treat yourself to a trip to the Wairakei Terraces or a luxurious spa and get pampered from head to toe! The hot pools will do the trick to help soothe your entire body before you get more specialised treatments. The Wairakei Terraces are a re-creation of the famous Pink and White silica terraces, destroyed in a volcanic eruption at Rotorua, and is all easily accessible from our Taupo Hotel accommodation. The healing properties of the water and clay at the Wairakei Terraces were first realized by the local Maori and have since become a popular form of therapeutic treatment for locals and tourists alike.
Near to Taupo, the Hidden Valley of Orakei Korako is one of the best thermal areas left in the world, with spectacular silica colours. A visit to the Orakei Korako Park will give you the full geothermal experience that the area is famous for as well as an opportunity to enter some fantastic caves. The Craters of the Moon area is the largest geothermal region in New Zealand full of bubbling mud pools and steaming hot springs. The name was given to it largely because of its unearthly appearance and strong sulphur smell.
A scenic drive around Lake Taupo to Tongariro National Park, dominated by the three volcanoes of Mt Ruapehu, Mt Tongariro and Mt Ngauruhoe is an easy drive by rental car from all the hotels in Taupo, New Zealand. It is the oldest national park in New Zealand and the fourth oldest in the entire world. It was established back in 1887 and is known for its amazing volcanic features and rich Maori influences.